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(Last of the Iron Stocks)
There is a legend that William the Conqueror flew his
standard at Standard Hill on the current A269, before
the Battle of Hastings on Senlac Field in Battle .
The village is mentioned in the Domesday book as having
been badly damaged by the Conquerors forces in 1066 .
smuggling was prevalent in the area due to the nearness of
the sea, the water extended from Northeye to Hooe , and up
the Ashbourne valley to the area between Ninfield and
Boreham Street. The area was perfect for smuggling, it is
known that the nearby landlord of the Red Lion Pub in Hooe ,
James Blackman, was a member of the Groombridge Gang
(1733 - 1749). The Area was probably also controlled by
the infamous Hawkhurst Gang , as their sphere of influence
included this area.
Due to the proximity to the iron furnace at Ashburnham ,
Ninfield still has an unusual relic of these times, its
iron stocks and whipping post which are in the centre of
the village, were probably manufactured in the 1700's.
The famous bird illustrator Basil Ede lived in the village.
| Ninfield has a few local shops, and the bus service
comes down from Battle to Sidley on the outskirts of
The nearest trains can be caught at Bexhill Station,
on the Hastings to Eastbourne line.